ROME – Chile is the third semifinalist of the America's Cup. He arrived there after defeating Colombia on penalties, after 120 minutes without goals. From the eleven-meter mark the defending champion team never made a mistake, while among the 'cafeteros' Tesillo's error was decisive, fifth and last to kick the penalty. Chile reaches Brazil and Argentina in the semifinals (and that they will cross in the next round) and will face Peru with a surprise elimination of Uruguay after the penalty shootout lottery.
Tesillo, a football player from Colombia who missed the decisive penalty, was threatened with death and fears for his safety. In the last hours we are talking about a sadly illustrious precedent, that of Andres Escobar , who after his 1994 World Cup met his death on his return to his homeland, shot dead by a former bodyguard at the exit of the restaurant where he had just dined with his wife.
Possible motives for the homicide are the great losses suffered by the illegal betting round due to that own goal; hypotheses would also lead to drug trafficking, and the authorities would only be a pretext. According to Escobar's girlfriend, the gunman shouted " Goal! " "Aloud as a sign of contempt. Other witnesses reported that the killer had said " Thank you for your own goal ".
Tesillo's father did not hide his concern by talking to Radio Caracol. His statements are reported by Sport Mediaset : "We are praying a lot these days. We should all understand that football is a sport in which there are victories and defeats . We cannot reach certain extremes ".
The Colombia-Chile match report of the America's Cup.
Colombia (4-3-1-2): Ospina; Medina, Mina, D. Sanchez, Tesillo; Cuadrado, Barrios, Uribe (67 ′ Cardona); J. Rodriguez; R. Martinez (81 ′ L. Diaz), Falcao (77 ′ D. Zapata). Coach: Queiroz.
Chile (4-3-3): Arias; Isla, Medel, Maripan, Beausejour; Aranguiz, Pulgar, Vidal; Fuenzalida (75 ′ Pavez), E. Vargas, A. Sanchez. Coach: Rueda.
Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina).
Penalties: J. Rodriguez (Co) goal, Vidal (Ci) goal, Cardona (Co) goal, E. Vargas (Ci) goal, Cuadrado (Co) goal, Pulgar (Ci) goal, Mina (Co) goal, Aranguiz ( There) goal, Tesillo (Co) out, A. Sanchez (Ci) goal.
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